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Conditions We Treat: Hyperparathyroidism

Hyperparathyroidism is the result of too much activity in one or more parathyroid glands. These glands, which are the size of a grain of rice, are located above the thyroid glands in your neck. The parathryoid glands are responsible for the production of parathyroid hormone (PTH), which elevates the levels of calcium in the body as needed. 

Hyperparathyroidism: What You Need to Know

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  • Primary hyperparathyroidism is usually caused by an enlargement, known as hyperplasia, of a parathyroid gland. Enlargement may be caused by a noncancerous growth or a cancerous tumor.  
  • Secondary hyperparathyroidism can result when certain medical conditions skew the levels of calcium and a related mineral, phosphate, in the body. As a result, the parathyroid glands release more PHT, causing your bones to release calcium. 

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Why Choose Johns Hopkins for Hyperparathyroidism?

Johns Hopkins Offers a Scarless Alternative

Head and neck surgeon Carole Fakhry, M.D., M.P.H. explains transoral robotic surgery, also known as TORS. Topics covered include:

  • Who is eligible for this surgery
  • Benefits of this procedure
  • What to expect after TORS


Our Physicians

Gwen a patient who received a scarless neck surgery

Scarless Neck Surgery

Gwen contacted Jonathon Russell, M.D., to have her thyroid removed after she was diagnosed with a thyroid nodule. Further examination revealed it was her parathyroid that needed to be removed, and a scarless surgery was available. Gwen elected to have the scarless surgery. The results: like nothing ever happened. 

Learn more about Gwen and her care at Johns Hopkins.

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Our Multidisciplinary Approach

The Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery works with the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center in a multidisciplinary approach to ensure the highest quality patient care and innovative research.

Learn more about the multidisciplinary head and neck cancer team at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center.
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